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"And Now, Here They Are... THE BEATLES"

By Kevin Curran, Mitch McGeary and Mike White

Forewords by Bob Eubanks and Sid Bernstein

We have been researching and assembling detailed information covering the Beatles live shows in America from 1964-1966. Some of this information has been presented on these web pages for several years now. All of that and much more will be included in the book. We have interviewed more than 50 promotors, DJ's, MC's and others directly involved with the tours, as well as many first generation fans who attended these historical shows. Press conference and personal interviews will be included as well as statistics, details and photos related to all 73 shows. Click here for more information.




The Beatles North American Concert Tickets

Early 1964
 City & Venue  Date   Shows Attendance
  NEW YORK - ED SULLIVAN THEATER Feb 09, 1964
2
728 (ea., live audience afternoon taping for 2/23 broadcast plus live evening show)
WASHINGTON D.C. - WA. COLISEUM Feb 11, 1964
1
8,092
NEW YORK - CARNEGIE HALL Feb 12, 1964
2
2,954 (ea.)
MIAMI - DEAUVILLE HOTEL MAU MAU CLUB Feb 16, 1964
2
2,600 (ea., rehearsal and show. 3,500 tickets reportedly issued for main show)
1964 Tour
 City & Venue  Date   Shows Attendance
SAN FRANCISCO - COW PALACE Aug 19, 1964
1
17,130
LAS VEGAS - CONVENTION CENTER Aug 20, 1964 216,816 (total)
SEATTLE - SEATTLE CENTER COLISEUM Aug 21, 1964114,382
VANCOUVER - EMPIRE STADIUM Aug 22, 1964120,621
HOLLYWOOD - HOLLYWOOD BOWL Aug 23, 1964117,256
DENVER - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE Aug 26, 196417,000
CINCINNATI - CINCINNATI GARDENS Aug 27, 1964
1
14,000
NY - FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM Aug 28, 1964
1
16,000
NY - FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM Aug 29, 1964
1
16,000
N. JERSEY - ATLANTIC CITY CONV. HALL Aug 30, 1964118,000
PHILADELPHIA - CONVENTION HALL Sep 02, 1964
1
13,000
INDIANAPOLIS - INDIANA STATE FAIR Sep 03, 1964212,413
16,924
MILWAUKEE - MILWAUKEE ARENA Sep 04, 1964
1
11,500
CHICAGO - INTERNATIONAL AMPHITHEATER Sep 05, 1964
1
13,000
DETROIT - OLYMPIA STADIUM Sep 06, 1964 2 30,000 (total)
TORONTO - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS Sep 07, 1964
2
35,522 (total)
MONTREAL - FORUM Sep 08, 1964
2
9,500
11,500
JACKSONVILLE - GATORBOWL Sep 11, 1964132,000
BOSTON - BOSTON GARDEN Sep 12, 1964
1
13,909
BALTIMORE - CIVIC CENTER Sep 13, 1964228,000 (total)
PITTSBURGH - CIVIC ARENA Sep 14, 1964112,603
CLEVELAND - PUBLIC AUDITORIUM Sep 15, 1964
1
11,000
NEW ORLEANS - CITY PARK STADIUM Sep 16, 1964112,000
KANSAS CITY - MUNICIPAL STADIUM Sep 17, 1964120,214
DALLAS - DALLAS MEM. AUDITORIUM Sep 18, 1964110,500
NEW YORK - PARAMOUNT THEATERSep 20, 196413,682
1965 Tour
 City & Venue  Date   Shows Attendance
NEW YORK - ED SULLIVAN THEATER Aug 14, 19652728 (ea., rehearsal and show)
NEW YORK - SHEA STADIUM Aug 15, 1965155,600
TORONTO - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS Aug 17, 1965218,000 (ea.)
ATLANTA - ATLANTA STADIUM Aug 18, 1965130,000
HOUSTON - SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM Aug 19, 1965212,000 (ea.)
CHICAGO - WHITE SOX PARK Aug 20, 1965225,000
37,000
BLOOMINGTON - METROPOLITAN STADIUM Aug 21, 1965
1
25,000
PORTLAND - MEMORIAL COLISEUM Aug 22, 1965220,000 (total)
SAN DIEGO - BALBOA STADIUM Aug 28, 1965117,000
HOLLYWOOD - HOLLYWOOD BOWL Aug 29, 1965117,256
HOLLYWOOD - HOLLYWOOD BOWL Aug 30, 1965117,256
SAN FRANCISCO - COW PALACE Aug 31, 1965218,000
1966 Tour
 City & Venue  Date   Shows Attendance
CHICAGO - INTERNAT. AMPHITHEATER Aug 12, 1966213,000 (ea.)
DETROIT - OLYMPIA STADIUM Aug 13, 1966
2
14,000
16,800
CLEVELAND - CLEVELAND STADIUM Aug 14, 1966120,000
WASHINGTON D.C.- D.C. STADIUM Aug 15, 1966
1
32,164
PHILADELPHIA - J.F.K. STADIUM Aug 16, 1966
1
21,000
TORONTO - MAPLE LEAF GARDENS Aug 17, 1966215,000
17,000
BOSTON - SUFFOLK DOWNS Aug 18, 1966125,000
MEMPHIS - MID-SOUTH COLISEUM Aug 19, 1966210,000
12,500
CINCINNATI - CROSLEY FIELD Aug 21, 1966112,000
ST. LOUIS - BUSCH MEMORIAL STADIUM Aug 21, 1966123,000
NY - SHEA STADIUM Aug 23, 1966144,600
SEATTLE - SEATTLE CENTER COLISEUM Aug 25, 196628,200
14,382
LOS ANGELES - DODGER STADIUM Aug 28, 1966 145,000
SAN FRANCISCO - CANDLESTICK PARK
(last live show)
Aug 29, 1966125,000


Collecting U.S. Beatles concert tickets

This fascinating area of collecting was surprisingly ignored by all but a handful of collectors from the 1960s to the mid 1990s. But during the past few years ticket collecting has taken off and is now getting more popular. Tickets are continuing their climb based on scarcity and high demand, especially true for near-mint condition unused examples of certain shows.

It is typically more difficult to find full tickets from any of their 1964 or 1965 shows as most of those concerts were completely sold out. In 1966, amid controversy, they played huge sports arenas for the most part and although most were successful, not all sold out, leaving full tickets for Beatle collectors to enjoy decades later in their unused glory. The Beatles sold more than one million tickets for their live North American appearances.

Most tickets are priced and evaluated separately, and as with all collectibles, condition is very important in this regard. Folds, stains, tears and any writing reduces the value and usually lowers the desirability of any ticket. Stubs are worth a fraction of the value of the same full ticket, but even that varies depending on the remaining portion and what information or pictures can be seen. In some cases where very few known examples exist, condition of course becomes much less important.

Tickets, unlike massed produced commercial products, were only available regionally and in most cases are somewhat difficult to find. The printing of the tickets themselves was a fairly complex process that sometimes required many passes through various printing presses. Ticket manufacturers like Globe used to require at least 2 weeks to complete a print job. Tickets were usually printed in sheets of twelve, with the perforations already in place for each ticket. Usually the text information on the ticket would be printed first (i.e. performer name, venue, price, etc.) If the text contained more than one color, the tickets would be run through a separate time for each color. Often, the tickets would again be run separately through a "Hiedelburg"-type press for the seat numbers, row numbers and section numbers to be printed. These types of tickets can be noted for the imprint that the seat numbers leave in the ticket. If the promoter were presenting more than one show by the Beatles, another batch of tickets would be printed in the same way but with a different date and/or time, and some form of distinct marking to assist in recognizing it as a ticket for the other performance.

There are no known complete sets in collectors' hands, even if you count stubs! With over 500 different ticket variations issued in North America, even the most advanced collectors have barely put a dent into having them all. Some have focused on collecting just one ticket or stub per show, cutting the required variations to 73. Others concentrate on certain years or venues.

Ticket collecting and demand will no doubt continue to grow, especially while it is still possible to find some nice mint unused tickets at reasonable prices. There are still several cities in which no known full unused tickets have turned up, although the list is shrinking as several previously undiscovered tickets turned up in the late 1990s. Some recent finds of rare unused tickets include an afternoon Detroit '64, a Montreal evening show, the 1965 Ed Sullivan show, 1964 Pittsburgh, a perfect Cow Palace 1965 evening, Atlanta 1965 and both 1965 Hollywood Bowl shows.

Some of the most common full tickets are all from 1966 and include Suffolk Downs, Shea Stadium and Candlestick Park. Promoters of these events had held onto unsold tickets and in the 1990s offered them for sale. The approximate quantitys, consisting of many different seating sections, were 6,000 for Suffolk Downs, 2,000+ for Shea Stadium and several hundred for Candlestick Park.

Overseas tickets are starting to be in demand as well, but so far only a few stand out in desirability and rarity. Examples are the 1966 Phillipines concert (so far only one full ticket and one full stub have surfaced), and any of the 1966 Japan shows.

- mm/pc 2001




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